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Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 1) 229

Wouldn't be any accidents with all automated cars. For that matter, if a light's out, it won't matter to an automated car. Once they're all automated, lights would just be a visual indicator to the car's passengers that they're stopping. And central traffic control should have to stop cars a lot less than cars currently have to stop.

Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 1) 229

Could be overridden from a central location and commanded to drive to the nearest police station, far less risky to the public and police officers in the field than pulling them over in some random location. Once it's at the local police station it could be directed to the high security suspect holding spot / car crusher out back, where the occupants could be safely extracted before or after being crushed with their car.

Countries Gaming Carbon Offsets May Have Dramatically Increased Emissions 130

schwit1 writes: Abuse of the carbon offset system may have caused emissions to increase by as much as 600 million tons. That's the finding of a new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute, which investigated carbon credits used to offset greenhouse gas emissions under a UN scheme. As one of the co-authors of the report put it, issuing these credits "was like printing money." From the article: "In some projects, chemicals known to warm the climate were created and then destroyed to claim cash. As a result of political horse trading at UN negotiations on climate change, countries like Russia and the Ukraine were allowed to create carbon credits from activities like curbing coal waste fires, or restricting gas emissions from petroleum production. Under the UN scheme, called Joint Implementation, they then were able to sell those credits to the European Union's carbon market. Companies bought the offsets rather than making their own more expensive, emissions cuts. But [the studey] says the vast majority of Russian and Ukrainian credits were in fact, "hot air" — no actual emissions were reduced.

Comment Re:The shiny thing is a mountain? (Score 1) 43

Did you see that 4 mile high glowing pyramid? That's precursor technology right there! We need to mount an expedition to it so we can be the bait in a real-life "Alien vs Predator" scenario! Because that's ALWAYS what happens when you mount an expedition to a 4 mile high glowing pyramid on Ceres!

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 558

Or possibly just at home. The kind of people who tend to go on about "WIFI radiation" are usually the same ones who use "organic" cleaning agents that don't really kill any bacteria and don't vaccinate their children. For all we know, he could be an unvaccinated child who's been living in a moldy, dirty-ass environment until they sent him off. The second he went off to school, all the diseases that everyone else is immune to all could have combined in his system to make turbo-ebola. I predict all their faces be melting off shortly.

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -- John Kenneth Galbraith